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Iron Man at Zing Tuggeranong 6th May (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-April-2017  14:42:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Those of you who have been following along with ASIGN_Baz's amazing Building Iron Man in STEEL project now have a chance to see it in the flesh, err, metal! On the 6th of May at Zing Tuggeranong in the ACT, from 12 noon until 3pm, Barry will be demonstrating the suit to raise funds for the Starlight children's foundation. If you don't know what this is all about, check out the thread - it's an amazing project.


click for the thread!



Intel Optane Memory Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-April-2017  14:04:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The reviews of Intel's Optane Memory storage accelerator are out. This is a 32GB M.2 SSD which aims to improve the responsiveness of a HDD-based system. I'm still struggling to see who would really benefit from this over other solutions, but here's some reviews which might change my mind:

Tech Report
PC Perspective
Tweaktown
HotHardware
The SSD Review
LegitReviews
ArsTechnica
AnandTech

Discussion continues in this thread in our Storage forum.



Wednesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-April-2017  12:37:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
BIOSTAR RACING X370GT7 AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Processors on Techgage.
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
AMD Ryzen R5 1600X 6-Core AM4 Processor on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum gaming keyboard on TechReport.
HyperX's Pulsefire gaming mouse on TechReport.
yperX Pulsefire FPS Optical Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 with iCX Technology on PCPerspective.
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11G on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X PLUS on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS RoG STRIX GTX 1080 Ti 11GB on eTeknix.
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11G on Tweaktown.
PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580 on Vortez.
RX580 Crossfire Testing on LanOC.
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 4GB on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Sony H.ear Go -- A Speaker with Great Connectivity on HWSecret.
Sennheiser AVX-ME2 Set Review – Wireless Clip-On Lavalier Microphone on FunkyKit.

Storage:
Thecus N2810 Pro 2-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Team Group T-FORCE CARDEA M.2 480GB SSD on Guru3D.

Furniture:
Autonomous SmartDesk 2 standing desk on BabelTech.
COUGAR Armor Gaming Chair on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
Fierce PC Imperial Hive prebuilt PC on Vortez.
Synology RT2600ac Wireless Router on Tweaktown.



ANZAC Day (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-April-2017  09:34:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

They shall grow not old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them

Lest We Forget



Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-April-2017  23:22:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Several large international vendors have suggested blocking Australian buyers may be an option if the online GST laws go ahead. Under new laws slated to come into effect from July 1, overseas businesses with an annual turnover of $75,000 or more will be required to register with the ATO to collect GST on all goods sold, including purchases under the current low-value threshold of $1000. Giving evidence before a Senate economics committee in Melbourne on Friday, representatives for eBay, Alibaba and Etsy hit out at the government’s vendor collection model, which would place the burden of tax collection on the platforms.

The Goverment's "cyber minister" has suggested that ISPs should take responsibility for stopping malware. He said the government was currently working on its own efforts to "prevent government users visiting sites known to be malicious", and said telcos were similarly responsible for protecting their customers from malware. "Just as we trust banks to hold our money, just as we trust doctors with our health, in a digital age we need to be able to trust telecommunications companies to protect our information from threats,” Tehan said, as reported by the West Australian. ITWire are not impressed with this suggestion. But going after telcos and all the other waffle mentioned by Tehan is a waste of time. It is an attempt to be seen to be doing something when you have no clue as to what that "something" is.

TechSpot have a 3-way mechanical RGB KB battle. Over the past couple of weeks I've received mechanical gaming keyboards from Creative and Razer, the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 and BlackWidow Chroma V2. To flesh this out into a true three-way battle, we're comparing them against Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire, which we rated as the best for gaming in our Best Keyboards article last year. Let's see if this still holds true.

Mark Zuckerberg has explained more of his 10 year plan for Facebook. And while this announcement seems pretty innocuous, make no mistake: Facebook is, once again, putting itself into direct competition with Google and Apple, trying to create yet another parallel universe of apps and tools that don’t rely on the smartphones’ own marketplaces.

Today's timewaster would have to be Tomb Raider in your browser! Turn your sound down first, warns Boneman. Discussion here.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-April-2017  13:00:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.9 Wireless Surround Headset on NikKTech.
The Edifier S350DB Price, Specifications & Demo speakers on TechARP.

Input Etc:
Cherry MX Board 6.0 Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
GIGABYTE XM300 Gaming Mouse/XMP300 XTREME Gaming Mouse Pad on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus 11 Gbps 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
PNY GTX 1070 XLR8 OC Gaming 8GB on eTeknix.
XFX RX 460 4GB Slim Single on OCClub.

Power Supply:
SilverStone ST45SF V3.0 450W on APHNetworks.
Seasonic PRIME Titanium 850W on APHNetworks.
Riotoro Onyx Series Power Supply on PCPerspective.

Misc:
Hidrate Spark 2.0 Bluetooth Smart Bottle on Tweaktown.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX Tempered Glass case on OCAholic.
MSI GT73VR Titan GTX 1070 SLI Gaming Laptop on eTeknix.
AMD Ryzen R5 1500X Quad-Core AM4 Processor on eTeknix.
Promise Technology Apollo Cloud 2TB on Tweaktown.



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